Guerrero Gallery was kind enough to invite us to Sunday's opening, featuring works by Mark Mulroney and Charles Linder. Not only was the art some of the best I have seen in quite some time, but the party was pretty amazing also. Slow roasted goat and other tasty things were served to the masses. There were musical performances by The Mallard, Dark Materials, and A Decent Animal. For the brave and unabashed there was also skinny dipping in a pool full of watermelons. Special thanks to the lovely and talented Aeschleah DeMartino for hosting us. The show runs through August 6th. Don't miss it!
"Wine Pairings" photo by Rob & Lisa Meehan
Chris Tarbell is both bar manager and bartender at Uva Enoteca, an awesome wine bar that also serves up simple and delicious food in the Lower Haight. You can hear pretty much anything at Uva Enoteca— the music ranges from punk to classic rock to hip-hop and just about everything in between, covering a sweep of musical territory that suits all kinds of moods and tastes. On any given day, no matter what direction the music is taking, it's always good and well-thought out. In fact, when Chris sent over this mixtape he accompanied each song with a wine suggestion off the menu, and threw in a beer recommendation for good measure!
Here is Chris's hearty, full-bodied mixtape, called "Wine Pairings."
1. Caffeinated Consciousness— TV On The Radio
Get your night started with a glass of Prosecco and the latest from these Brooklyn stalwarts.
2. Holdin' On To Black Metal— My Morning Jacket
Ease into a glass of Verdicchio (a stone-fruity white wine with just the right amount of brininess on the finish).
3. Family Tree— Black Lips
Switch it up with some Refosco. This lighter bodied red wine has all the dark fruit you'd expect from northern Italy and just the right amount of black pepper to give it a little edge.
4. Sparkles— Shabazz Palaces
Smooth out the flow of your evening with Seattle's hip-hop innovators and a glass of Sangiovese Romagna. Plump but well-rounded, so it goes down easy.
5. Queen Of Hearts— Fucked Up
Now we're talking. Tuscan Sangiovese is great when it's young, but like this Canadian band, it's even better with some maturation and age. Time for some Brunello di Montalcino!
6. Pushin' Too Hard— The Seeds
These seminal proto-punks go great with some frizzante Lambrusco Secco.
7. Puppet To The Man— Kurt Vile
Take a break from all that wine and just enjoy your buzz.
8. White Rune— Iceage
Time for a pizza and a beer on tap. Suggestion: Alleghash White.
9. Black Thoughts— OFF!
The most legitimate hardcore punk release in years. Just because he's almost old enough to be your grandpa doesn't mean he's lost a drop of that youthful snottiness. Keep pounding beers.
10. Helicopter— Deerhunter
Enjoy a Carpana Antiqua vermouth on the rocks with a twist of lemon and then drift off to sleep.
Go into Uva Enoteca Sundays through Tuesdays, and Fridays to check out Chris's jams.
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I stopped by Mission Chinese Food for dinner Tuesday night and found a crowd already waiting outside the popular Mission street Chinese restaurant housed inside Lung Shan.
Mission Chinese Food is owned and operated by Anthony Myint, who was kind enough to let me take a look at the new cookbook that he and his wife Karen Leibowitz created.
Mission Street Food is more than your average cookbook. It chronicles the development of Myint and Leibowitz's journey through food, starting from their days of operating a food cart, to their days of hosting Mission Street Food with guest chefs on Tuesdays and Sundays, and finally, to the present, of running Mission Chinese Food.
The book serves as a vibrant history full of recipes, photos, and even a comic strip. Published by McSweeney's, Mission Street Food is due to be released at the end of July and pre-orders are being taken on the McSweeney's website. $10 from each book purchased on the McSweeney's site will be donated to Slow Food USA.
Check out Mission Chinese Food for lunch or dinner (Open everyday except Wednesday).You can also check out their menu online and order delivery!
The Bold Italic is all about capturing bits of essential San Francisco and turning them into art, so we're excited to offer you a new poster, "The Smut History of San Francisco" [sold out]. This limited-edition, silkscreened poster is based on the recent "Smut Encyclopedia of San Francisco" backstory by Michael Stabile. Michael is the director of the documentary-in-progress, Smut Capital of America , about our city's rise as a pro-porn power player in the nation's battle against the sexually explicit. The design was done by the super-talented Jayde Cardinalli , who also illustrated The Royal Family poster.
Smut History was printed locally, at Team Print Shop , an independently-owned business in Oakland. (One of Team Print Shop's owners, Loren Purcell, just started designing for the Bold Italic ; we like to support artists while we make something creative of our own).
While supplies last, you can grab a little Smut History from The Shop , the online store we've curated featuring posters of iconic San Francisco characters (Brian Wilson, bears, eccentrics), as well as items crafted by local makers.
Photo of pool party by Infrogmation
Enough already with this fog, people being sick, and the general dreary feeling that it might as well be fall this week. It's still summer goddamnit! And I have some good, bust-up-your-rut weekend suggestions along the theme of warmer seasons (and belly-warming) below.
Tripping Through the Precipice (Fri.)
Belljar’s newest art opening, "Precipice," is “inspired by the saturation and special effects of psychedelic movies from the early 1960s and late ‘70s.” Um, need I say more? Artists Juliette Oken, Aaron Rodriguez, Sarah Applebaum, and Kylea Borges take us down the rabbit hole of drug- and dream-induced visions. Bask in their lysergic glow from 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday Night Skate (Fri.)
When I was a kid, I always wanted to go to the late night skate sessions at the nearby roller-rink, but my parents were scared off by the way that place attracted gangly men sporting child molester mustaches. Now that I’m a grown-ass woman (who has no issue with child molester mustaches) it may be time to hit a Friday night roller skating party. It all starts at the Roxie, with a screening of "Skatetown, U.S.A." (featuring Scott Baio and Patrick Swayze) and then an afterparty at Cellspace. Somewhere along the way, beer from 21st Amendment and Burning Man fanatics will be involved. The flick screens at 7 and 9 p.m.
Moving to France (Fri.)
If you didn't get enough Bastille Days this week, hit the Rickshaw Stop’s annual Bardot a Go Go dance party on Friday, where DJs Brother Grimm, Cali Kid, and Pink Frankenstein spin the best in ‘60s French pop, bubblegum, garage, and other sexy stuff.
Slo-Mo Mojo (Fri.)
Have you been to Mojo Bicycle Cafe's pop-up dinners yet? Me neither, but I’ve heard great things. Plus, they're a great deal, price-wise. This week’s menu sounds pretty tasty, especially that roasted summer corn with lime. Yum.
Ha Has with Harmon (Fri.-Sat.)
Bold Local Harmon Leon is a goofy guy. He’s written about doing standup for us, and now you can see him in action at the Exit Theatre. He’s partnered with Colin Mahan for the Solo Show Double Feature Comedy Show.
Labor of Lab (Fri.-Sat.)
For the next two weekends, the Lab is featuring a show that collects together local and national live acts and DJs to make a big… arty party called Division of Labor. Sounds fun.
Moholy Music (Sat.)
If you sweated your soul out on the dancefloor at last weekend’s Verdi Club party, you may have gotten the moment captured on film, thanks to Moholy Ground Project’s photo sessions. The project also has an art and culture mag in the works, and you can help raise funds for issue #3 while having fun. This free event features music by Grace Sings Sludge (Grace of the Sandwitches) and DJ Boom Bostic. You can donate cash freely, or by purchasing art from one of the many talented folks sharing their wares at Moholy Ground Offices. The soiree goes down from 7 until 11 p.m.
Pool Party (Sun.)
Guerrero Gallery is mixing things up a bit by turning its latest opening into an occasion for a summery Sunday BBQ. You can end the weekend by checking out work by Mark Mulroney and Charles Linder, sip beverages that come with umbrellas, and be entertained by local acts Dark Materials, The Mallard (a garage rockin’ female I’ve heard great things about), and A Decent Animal. All while snacking on vittles from Finger Sweets, Vickles Pickle, and more.
Funny Shits (Sun.)
More good comedy this weekend... This round’s at the Rite Spot. Starting at 7 p.m. the Mission dive hosts an impressive collection of local funny gals/guys, including Mary Van Note, Chris Thayer, George Chen, and Chris Garcia, among others for an evening called, simply, Funny Shits.
What'd I miss? I'm taking suggestions for other rut busters in the comments section below.